Research Assistant - Simon Chair in Political Economy

Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS)
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
    Non Profit
  • Experience
    Early Career
  • Posted
    Jan 22

Position description

The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) is a non-profit, bipartisan public policy organization established in 1962 to provide strategic insights and practical policy solutions to decisionmakers concerned with global security and prosperity. Over the years, it has grown to be one of the largest organizations of its kind, with a staff of some 200 employees, including more than 120 analysts working to address the changing dynamics of international security across the globe.

A Research Assistant (RA) with the William E. Simon Chair in Political Economy makes substantive contributions to the research agenda of the Chair, through writing, research, data/trend analysis, and project development. In addition to long-term projects, RAs assist with short-term research tasks, including internal briefings, presentations, and formal remarks. RAs also help ensure the successful coordination of all aspects of the Program, research and administrative.

Essential functions may include, but are not limited to the following:

I. Contribute to Simon Chair research proposals, projects, and publications, including conceptualizing themes, preparing work plans, drafting concept notes, providing quantitative and qualitative analysis, and contributing to development of products and writing.
II. Provide short-term research support for the Chair’s activities with external stakeholders, including topical briefings, presentations, formal remarks, and other outward facing products.
III. Monitor trends and developments in Simon Chair interest areas.
IV. Assist in the hiring and supervision of interns, as well as edit and evaluate publications and research content from interns, staff, and outside contributors; provide feedback when necessary.
V. Help to develop and maintain organization of research, including databases and research coordination with other CSIS programs. 
VI. Support logistics for high-level events, including framing the content of the discussion.
VII. Occasionally represent the Simon Chair at outside events, discussions, and programs.


• Bachelor’s degree required;
• Strong background in economics required;
• Related experience in research and policy analysis strongly preferred;
• Knowledge of a major economic region (e.g., the Asia-Pacific, Europe, Latin America) preferred; 
• Foreign language skills are a plus;
• Must be comfortable in a fast-paced environment;
• Must be a self-starter and able to work independently; 
• Must possess strong interpersonal skills and be able to work in teams; 
• Must possess strong writing and communication skills;
• PC literate, specifically MS Office, and familiarity with web-based research tools required.


The physical demands are representative of those that must be met by an employee working in an office environment. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential job functions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.

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